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8B Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and. OPINION EDITORIAL new eM zen mail ene re SS It's hard to keep up with the newest innova- tions in technology. The latest is the new smart- phones that cannot only send and receive phone calls (an old-fashioned way of communicating, or so it seems), but also send text messages, e-mails and photos almost instantaneously to almost any- one in the world. These smartphones have opened a new door to the world of newsgathering, and while the news staff still believes in sending out reporters and working the beat angle, we are recognizing people can't be everywhere at once. We need to rely on what is being coined the citizen journalist--the people who call us about breaking news or e-marl us news stories and photos. The news staff takes that information and checks the facts for accuracy. The editor decides if the story is legitimate and the staff goes from there to generate online news items and stories for the weekly editions. The biggest hurdle is getting those breaking news items when the office is closed--namely weeknights and weekends. The question has always been how to solve that issue without increasing manpower. Feather Publishing has implemented a new e-mail address breakingnews@plumasnews.com. If you see something happening, send us a quick note with the basic who, what, where, when, why and how to the new e-marl address along with a picture, if you have that capability. Send us your name and contact information. Without contact information, we won't be able to follow up on the tip. Our goal is to get on the story as quickly as possible and get something up on our website alerting our readers of the news, if we determine dt is accurate. The new e-mail and its logistics are in their infancy so bear with us. As with anything, it is )nly as good as the people who use it. Therefore, we ask our readers for information on traffic accidents that close roads, area fires, unique stories or events, and anything that is .urgent. Remember the e-marl is breakingnews@ 7 plumasnews.com. Put it m your smartphone or : ~address book on your computer. : Of course, not everything submitted will be published. Send us your news when you see it... Feathe P@ii shing /.: 2-, NeWspaper [ go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski . . .Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Cheryl Frei Will Farris Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Brian Taylor Barbara France Pat Shillito Susan Cort Johnson Linda Stachwel Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 (( )) i i!iiiii ..... ..... ~:: 2=:...: _ ~ : ......... ~= = ..... = MY TURN M. KATE WEST Chester Editor chesternews@plumasnews,com The national news media reported that Pres- ident Obama flew to the Western battleground states Thursday, Feb. 18, to support two Demo- cratic candidates who are not polling well as they head into the 2010 elections. While the state of Nevada might mark the furthest distance he has flown Air Force One in support of his own party, it certainly was not the first flight where he has spent the dollars of all Americans to support his personal choice in political party. And before anyone can get riled up and start quoting who did what before this, understand that I totally disapprove of any president or other government official using taxpayer dollars for the purposes of campaigning or other personal benefit. In my opinion, should the president or anyone else in government want to attend fundraisers or townhall meetings in sup- port of a member of his own party then he should fly in a plane he has personally chartered or one that is paid for by his party headquarters. What about security; the required armored vehicles for the cavalcade, an accompanying cargo plane to carry those vehicles, cooks, butlers and more? Let the national party pick up the tab on those necessities as well. It's not possible you say? It doesn't work that way? Then perhaps under these partic- ular circumstances the president should just stay home. I think he needs to stay at home for a variety of reasons and the cost of flying Air Force One, as I have stated on more then one occasion, rates pretty high up on my list of "why nots." Research reveals the U.S. General Accounting Office uses the speed calcula- tion of 630 miles per hour when figuring the costs of presidential travel on Air Force One. It also calculates the accompanying C- 17 cargo plane speed at 518 mileS per hour. Using those calculations, the GAO esti- mated the cost of President Obama's two round-trips from Washington, D.C., to Illinois fOr Air Force One and one cargo plane at $246,908. As an aside, these figures don't include the cost of firing up and flying Marine One ry and Mystery For obvious reasons, this prominent feature is referred to as Cat Rock. Where is it? E-mail mysteryphoto@ plumasnews.com or call your local news- paper office listed at the bottom of this page. Answers must be received by Friday at 5 p.m. All correct an- swers will be entered into a drawing for a - free four:-week UaSsi- : :fii~J~a~l valued at $28. To learn the location of this photo, see Section A of next week's news- paper. ~hoto by Alicia Knadler and its two accompanying helicopters from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base and back during his travels. While it is expected that all presidents will fly home for visits, my purpose for seeking the figures is to provide a fairly accurate estimate of the cost per hour to American taxpayers. According to the GAO's calculations, the cost to fly Air Force One breaks down to $56,517 an hour. The cost for the accompany- ing cargo plan is $6,986 an hour. Although the news was not immediately specific as to which city, Reno or Las Vegas, the president ,would be visiting, by air miles from the East Coast, being specific between the two isn't all that critical to cost analysis. The distance from Washington, D.C., to Las Vegas is listed as 2,420 miles and at the rate of speed Air Force One flies that equates to 7.68 round-trip hours. It also equates to the GAO-estimated cost of $434,650. The cost of the cargo plane would be 9.34 hours at $6,986 an hour for a total of $65,249. Altogether, and in this circumstance, the cost to the'American taxpayers for one De- mocrat to campaign for another is $499,290. While that may be chump change to the Washington, D.C., spenders, I'd like to bring that figure a little closer to home. Feather Publishing ran a story in the Feb. 17 issue of Plumas County newspapers that stated Chief Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad would be recommending to make a mid-year budget cut in the amount of $400,000. The reason cited was continuing economic difficulties with the state budget. The question.that remains unanswered at this time is who and what will be impacted by a reduction of that size in the county budget? I would ask if that means the potential of layoffs, but I believe that is too impersonal of a term. What a layoff really means is that an individual or member of a family no longer has a job. It could also mean that loss of job will result in an increase in the often- reported mortgage foreclosure statistics. It is thinking about the potential impact to a Plumas County neighbor that makes the wasted flight dollars that much harder to accept. For approximately $99,290 less than the cost of that campaign flight, our local gov- ernment could hold its own and continue to guarantee jobs and services until at least the end of the fiscal year. When you add up other re ep esi ential cami aign fiightcbstsor eh't 6 ob p rk'df' ' the government plane in which Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes frequent round-trips to California, you have to wonder what other personal disasters could be averted if those taxpayer dollars were used for the good of all instead of the elite few. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 According to data compiled by Plumas County Assessor H.C. Flournoy, a total of 1,876 motor vehicles are owned and regis- tered by Plumas County residents. Of this, 537 are possessed by real estate property owners and 1450 by persons who have no real estate holdings in Plumas County. Conservativeley, these figures indicate that there is one motor vehicle to every two families within Plumas County. 50 YEARS AGO... 1960 A eight lane bowling center will be constructed in Chester. Called the Chester House, the lanes will be located at the east side of Highway 36, just north of the Chester Airport. It is expected that some inter- community competition will develop be- tween leagues of the Chester House, Pioneer Plaza Bowl in Quincy and Sierra Lanes in Susanville. 30 YEARS AGO...1980 Helicopters equipped with emergency medical apparatus can now transport patients from Indian Valley Hospital to more specialized facilities, using the new hospital heliport there. Some 275 Rotarians and guests from three local counties celebrated Rotary Interna- tional's 75th anniversary at festivities in Quincy last week. Presentation of Rotary Foundation's Paul Harris Fellowships were presented to George Keesling of Portola, Ralph Boss of Quincy, Ed Doyle of SusanviRe and George Young of Westwood. Greenville Rotary gave special recognition to Cy Hall, a member for 53 years. 10 YEARS AGO... 2000 According to figures obtained by the Plumas County Tax Collector's office show that tourism in Plumas County is up and reported that more than $35,000 in motel and lodging taxes were accrued in 1999, an increase of 12.4 percent from .the previous year. 0 r some t~m Q The lyrics from the second song--"The O1' Beggars Bush" by Flogging Molly--goes this way: "Fertile Mrs. Moore Had 13 kids But still looked good Till her o1' man Jumped lea ve on a ship. She never read a book -.- But by God she understood MY TURN Tha t the meanin' of life Starts in bed. .............................................................................................................................................................. So go and bow your head and weep LINDA SATCHWELL For your world won't change while you sleep. Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews tom Sometimes when my moral compass gets the D.T.'s and is hard to read, I turn to a dif- ferent means of discerning the truth: song lyrics. This week, there are two songs I've played over and over on the new iPod my wonderfully upbeat and offbeat friend gave me for my birthday. The first is "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by John Fogarty of Credence Clearwa- ter Revival. The lyrics in question are: "Someone told me long ago There's a calm before the storm, I know; It's been eomin" for some time. When it's over, so they say, It'll rain a sunny day. I know; Shinin' down like water... '7 want to know, Have you ever seen the rain? I want to knOW, Ha ve you ever seen the rain Comin" down on a surmy day?." Yeah, go and bow your head and weep For the summer tha t was lost, now is gone, The summer tha t was lost, now is gone. Now, I know I've been whining a fair bit about life's difficulties lately. I think my friend Debora may be right that the conve- nient, detrimental ways of being we've all learned in order to survive tend, when chal- lenged, to reach out and try to pull us back. If we still fight them, forge a new path, we may discover, a tsunami heading our way. Just before the tsunami, there's that calm. Seems nice, but if you listen a little harder, it's kind of eerie, isn't it? To get specific, I had a dear friend die of cancer. Then, my former husband/best friend disappeared, leaving all of his posses- sions as well as suicide notes for me, two friends and two of his kids. He's been missing for six weeks. Now, come to find out, I have to have major surgery. Well, I guess it's been coming for some time. But, the other thing I didn't foresee, was the way that, in situations of extreme distress, you discover--and very clearly--that some people have your back, while others will stab you in it. There are people--some expected, some surprising--who have come through with un- mitigated compassion. Others have had their knives ready. In fact, there are times a sheet of paper can be a knife and words, a noose. I spend a lot of time thinking about life's meaning--perhaps too much. It's nice to be reminded of the Mrs. Moores of the world who have a more earthy approach to mean- ing. Gathering around you the people who care, even hunkering down under the sheets while the storm passes overhead, might be the most helpful point of view. At first, my reaction to the second set of people--those who suffer from a failure of empathy--was to be hurt; I don't have a very thick skin. But, then something else occurred. I realized that when something or someone shows their true face--even though you didn't want to see it--it allows you, oddly enough, a certain freedom. All of a sudden, you have a wider horizon; other possibilities occur. The last vestiges of the old thinking fall away. I'm not going to say what my new thinking entails, but I would encourage you to do some of your own. Don't wait for disaster--I'm giving you mine--use it as a jumping-off point. Try something different. Go someplace else. Or, stay and mine the depths of your relation- ship, your work, your world. Live. And, perhaps I'll see you along that rainy road. (